Music Siddhartha Khosla of the US based indie retro-alternative band ‘Goldspot' talks about the sound, the beat and the rhythm
US-bred Siddhartha Khosla probably didn't know that he would become a worldwide sensation when he was listening to the likes of Kishore Kumar and Mukesh. Named after the now defunct orange soda Goldspot — the zing thing, Siddhartha says “All the music that I listened to in my formative years was by Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi. Their music is in my blood. But the real challenge lies in mixing two influences and creating a new sound.”
A part of Siddhartha's identity are his Indian roots, did it ever become an obstacle? Siddhartha says that he cannot imagine himself without that identity and that is probably a big selling point about his music because the sound is unique. “Once when we were in the process of chopping music, a record label told us that they love the sound and the music but they didn't think that an Indian could be marketable,” he adds.
Siddhartha wants to steer clear of being labelled as a fusion music band, “Our music is nothing close to fusion music, I would call it more of alternative rock band. Fusion music requires the musical mix of different instruments, some people get it wrong.” He is hardly worried of the Hindi influences alienating the western audiences. He says that the reason Goldspot is so successful is because the western audiences like the novelty of their music, while the Indians like it because it evokes nostalgia through familiar sound. “When you present an alternative sound, something that is original and different, people will embrace it.” he says. Indian influence in their music is what sets them apart feels Siddhartha.
What started out as an independent band is now on its path to becoming a mammoth success backed by a recording label. Is he afraid of losing out on the indie philosophy? He calls it the irony of the pop underdog becoming mainstream. “Everybody thinks that signing a record deal means subscribing to mainstream thought. Well its not. Good music is something we believe in as a band and that's not going to change,” he says. Being backed by a record label has in fact boosted their confidence. “It's like the best of both worlds,” says Siddhartha. In light of the recent uproar against the bills regarding online piracy, Siddhartha maintains a surprising outlook, “It's not worth fighting for. Piracy is out there and people are going to share what they like, no matter what. The way I see it, piracy has helped in the discovery of great talent. I would rather be heard by a million people than lose out on a royalty dime,” he says.
Talking about his all-time hit, Friday , Siddhartha takes respite in diplomacy as he says that he likes both versions of Friday barring the Rebecca Black version, he smiles. Giving into a push and a prod, Siddhartha admits to being partial to the English version, “That's because I wrote the song first in English and it beautifully adapted into a Hindi version. I'll say they are like my two children, difficult to pick one,” he signs off.
Catch up with the band today at Hard Rock Cafe. Call 44767900 for details.